Art Program

The Mary Greeley Medical Center Auxiliary invites you to enjoy our award-winning art program and "Ames' largest art gallery."

Explore the hallways of Mary Greeley Medical Center, and you will find a wide-ranging permanent collection of art from regional artists in a multitude of media including: watercolor, fiber, pastel, oil, pencil, ink, paper sculpture, acrylic, photography and more. The main hall provides temporary rotating exhibitions with art for sale. Our glass case in the main lobby contains artist’s three-dimensional works in wood, jewelry, metal, pottery, fabric and mixed media also for sale. New exhibits begin every few weeks.

Many of the works are for sale. Sales are handled through the Auxiliary Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of the medical center. These funds help Mary Greeley Medical Center add to and maintain its permanent art collection.

The Mary Greeley Auxiliary promotes art as healing, therapy, pleasure and inspiration to be enjoyed by patients, visitors, and employees.

For more information regarding the Art Program at Mary Greeley Medical Center, call Volunteer Services at 515-239-2210.

Rotating Artist Exhibits

Cindy Gordon

Traveling Through Watercolors
June 5 - August 2, 2018

I am an Iowa artist born in Fort Dodge and raised in the Des Moines area. I consider myself self-taught having drawn since I was young. Having two distinguished art teachers for uncles who greatly influenced me didn't hurt either. I have refreshed and added to my skills through classes with private teachers, attending workshops, and studying with other artists. I am a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society.

In 2016 I traveled to Denmark, Norway and Sweden to explore the land of our great-grandparents. The architecture and nature were amazing to experience and photograph. Because I shoot photos with the idea of doing a painting, I have 4,522 images of that 14-day trip! Just a few are represented in this showcase.

I have worked for many years doing portraits in graphite and watercolor but last fall was able to be a part of a workshop held by the Iowa Watercolor Society and admired the style of the instructor Anne Abgott so much that I wanted to try it with these watercolors.

I mount my paintings in my trademarked wire and plexiglass frames that I call "Get Wired."

Sonja Searcy Johnson

May 3 - July 3, 2018

Sonja Searcy Johnson is an award-winning painter who is best known for her images of farm animals. Her animal paintings have been selected by the publishers of JAVMA four times for the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She has lived most of her life in Iowa, as an art teacher and a dairy farmer in Webster County. Her formal education in art was from Waldorf College and University of Iowa but she has also taken numerous workshops from artists such as Susan Ogilvie, Mary Muller and Phillip Koch. Sonja Johnson now lives in northern Iowa. Sonja has had recent solo shows at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Waldorf College, and the Carnegie Art Center of Mankato, MN.

Vincent Lewis

April 5 - July 10, 2018

For 39 years I have been consumed with students, public and university staff, and families. In 2000 I inherited several wood working tools from my father. I found that woodworking gives me a therapeutic and euphoric satisfaction. This has led me to devote most of my spare time to the woodworking. As a result woodworking has now become the focus of my attention since retiring from public education in 2010. I enjoy the simplicity and complexity of box designs, tables, and crafting unique, quality heirlooms.

Each piece is handcrafted individually in my small basement workshop. I am primarily self- taught. My goal is to create something very special that someone will cherish for years. Particular attention is paid to grain patterns, joint techniques, and the mixture of exotic and domestic woods as well as hard and soft woods. Careful attention is directed to the workmanship in the construction and the finishing. I seldom if ever use wood stains. The wood tones and colors are kept natural, using tung oil and a sealer and two coats of wax are used to enhance the clarity of the grain and protect each piece. Meticulous sanding ensures each work is smooth and soft to the touch.

The satisfaction of taking a thought or dream and bringing it into reality has intrigued me since I began working with wood. Woodworking is a passion that I have found to be very satisfying and rewarding. There has been and will continue to be a constant evolution of my creations and work quality.

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